By Scotty Reid, 4/10/2010, news, opinion
The Miami Marlins have suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for comments he made about the resilience of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Guillen who is from Venezuela, a country which has friendly ties with the Cuban government, said that he "loves" Castro and respects him for being able to say in power for more than 50 years when so many people have been trying to kill him. While it is against U.S. law, the CIA has attempted to assasinate the Fidel Castro numerous times.
Guillen was suspended for five games by the Marlins who caved to pressure from the large Cuban dissident community that resides in the Miami area. His suspension is raising questions about whether the Marlins violated their manager's first amendment right to free speech however unpopular his comments may have been to a small population of the United States. Ironically or more accurately hypocritically, the anti-Castro Cubans in Miami have often criticized and accused the Cuban government for not allowing free speech.
It is hypocritical for anyone who wants to demonize the Castro government for alleged atrocities committed after the successful revolution in which the brutal U.S. and mob backed dictator Fulgencio Batista was driven from the island nation. The US government and the vast majority of its past and present Presidents have committed numerous crimes against humanity, including Ronald Reagan who sponsored murderous death squads in South America while the CIA distributed cheap cocaine in the United States to fund their black-ops which led to a crack epidemic in urban areas of the country
When Castro came to power in 1959, segregation and Jim Crow was still being practiced in the United States and racism is still a major problem today.
It is doubtful that Guillen will appeal his suspension or stand up for his Constitutional rights as a citizen of the United States. Hugo Chavez, the leader of Venezuela who has a personal friendship with Castro has yet to weigh in on the controversy.